Ninjas, especially LEGO Ninjago, are very big at my house. My 6 year old is very into them and so is his 4 year old sister. My son takes martial arts classes, so the interest is even more strengthened.
The idea for this project started with my 4 year old daughter wanting to be a yellow ninja. If any of you watch the Ninjago show then you know the girl in the show is actually a seriously awesome samurai, but my daughter simply has to be a ninja. So we made her a yellow Ninjago ninja and named it. This activity was such a hit. My son now wants to make these for his birthday invitations.
Trace a bowl or lid to make a circle on the construction paper. This will be the color of your ninja.
Let your child cut out the circle.
Then cut a rectangle out of yellow construction paper. Glue the rectangle to your colored circle.
While the children are gluing on the rectangle, you can be cutting out smaller circles and rectangles. You may want to cut these out before the activity starts.
Have your children glue on the eyes inside of the rectangle.
At this point I had my children look at our ninja faces and compare them to the Ninjago faces we were referencing. I asked them to figure out what was missing. Instantly they noticed the eyebrows.
Now glue on the eyebrows. At first my children put them on straight and separated from the eyes, but noticed it looked off. They mimicked the eyebrows of a real Ninjago ninjas by angling and connecting the eyebrows to the eyes. It was truly neat to watch them compare and make adjustments.
They finished their ninjas with great pride.
FUN VARIATION: Make your ninja out of craft foam and use them as bath toys because they will float and stick to the tub when wet. Who doesn’t love a good ninja bath?Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a first grader, too! She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.
Ninjas are big at our house right now but this ninja nunchucks craft is a blast from my past. When I was 13 I volunteered at day camps and this was actually the very first craft I made for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed camp. I know I just dated myself , it was 1990 and my life path was forming for sure. Now I know this craft won’t be for everyone but with strict rules about not using it on anyone and with supervision ( like all activities on our site) it’s really fun! As you will see I also squeezed in some really important skill practice too.
- Gather your materials. You will need 2 toilet paper rolls or a paper towel roll cut in two. You can paint the rolls if you want just make sure they are completely dry before you proceed because this is a craft that will get played with as soon as it’s done. We used markers but use whatever you want. You’ll also need some ribbon and a hole punch.
- Start by coloring your rolls.
- This is why I love doing crafts with my kids , he told me all about ninjas while he was coloring.
- One down one roll to go. If your kids want stickers, glitter or sticky back foam use them too. I offered all of the above but my son just wanted to use the very special permanent markers.
- Time for the hole punch. Think he was excited?
- It was tough! Using one hole punches are great for building hand strength which is important for writing.
- Punch two holes in one end of each roll .
- I was just going to thread the ribbon through but earlier when my son was telling me about ninjas he told me that real nunchucks have a chain so to make it look more like a chain we tied knots. This is also great for hand eye coordination and our ongoing shoe lace tying attempts!
- Now thread it through the ends.
- Ninja time!